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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Sep 2, 2006 11:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Best Viola Lee Blues

Viola Lee Blues is one of my favs, and I wanted to see any good suggestion performances. I have some good ones, but I need more. My all-time fav is from 4-21-69 in Boston, and the one from Harpur College (dick's picks 8) is good too. Anybody have some good ones?

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Poster: sydthecat Date: Sep 4, 2006 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Fillmore 4/12/70! You gotta check it out.

I also am a big fan of the Harpur College '70 as well.

Earlier? O'Keefe Centre, TO, Canada 1967

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Poster: bming5 Date: Sep 3, 2006 10:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Reddy, We must have been tuned in. This song was my choice for the
Almost-Never-Played songs yesterday afternoon.

Story:
In the Srping of '89, I sent off for Frost tix. The weeks went by. One afternoon I was playing in my trailer, and I had just figured out the chords to Viola Lee Blues. I was very psyched and I was *belting* it out! On my fifth or so pass on the song, I was on the verse about 'mailed a letter' when there was a thunderous knocking on the side of the trailer. I was pretty alarmed. I opened the door and it was the mailman. He said, "I'm sorry for knocking so hard. I've been here a while..." He had my Frost tix. Talk about a 'friend somewhere!'. It was the May '89 shows where I had my encounter with the Godhead- Big Time. But that's another story.

My favorite is from Binghamton, but mostly because I haven't heard many others. Now I really want to hear the ones mentioned above. (I can't seem to figure out how to find shows on this web site.)

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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Sep 3, 2006 6:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

That's a hell of a story. 3-18-67 is rockin' too. I just wish there were more performances of one of their best early concert songs.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 4, 2006 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Good show, reddy, I like that 1967-03-18 a lot too.

Have you tried the 1967-06-18 Monterey Pop VLB?
Fantastic version. Also, it'as available on film/video download on youtube, though the archive.org version (google it) is longer and sounds better than the youtube truncated outtake.

Also, have you seen PETULIA, the 1967 movie? (Release date 1968) - great footage of the Grateful Dead playing Viola Lee Blues. Big Brother rocks out Roadblock at the Fairmount Hotel, too.

Then, check out the 1966-05-19 VLB herein.

Plus the VLB rehearsals. circa 1966 - amazing behind-the-scenes audio, also herein. (LMA).

Further comments on the O'Keefe Center Show are posted at wolfgangsvault.com - search for it, enlarge the handbill or poster - read the story - even the ushers were waving goodbye on the last day, sad to see them go or maybe just one hand clapping?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 3, 2006 5:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

always reddy for 4-21-69 VLBlues,
yet I have to say my favorite by a nose is the 20:20
O'Keefe VLB from 1967-08-04

The opening zingers pull me right in, and the mid-section jam is just right, mellow and strange at the same time.

Listening to it right now.

A nice antidote to the thinking man's Dark Star that almost gave me flashbacks an hour ago, from 1989-10-26.

Spooky stuff from the Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone at the center of the universe, where Viola Lee collides with dark matter at the barbed wire whipping party!



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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Sep 3, 2006 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Thankx cream-puff-war. Is 8-4-67 the show from Canada w/ the Jefferson Airplane? Also, 4-6-69 is not a bad one either.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 3, 2006 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Oh yeah, the Dead and Airplane made a lot of new fans that week in Toronto, by most accounts.

Here's the handbill for the gig...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 4, 2006 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

There's the September 3rd 1967 version too, (the legendary Rio Nido VLB jam ends abruptly on LMA, but a more complete version has been added as a bonus on their remastered debut album which is also included with the Golden Roads box set).
The tune, an old jug band stomper, was the Dead's all-out show stopper during their '66 through '69 shows, and especially evokes their '67 tangle with the establishment if you will.

The outtake footage of the Dead playing VLB at Monterey Pop shows them giving it all they've got... on the reprise after the jam, Jerry holds up his right hand and jumps up, twice for good measure.


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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Sep 4, 2006 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Thankx for all the info cream-puff-war. You helped me out a lot, and I've never seen Petulia. I'm dying to see it now. By the way, how great would it have been for Mother McCree's to crank out a ballsy jug band version of VLB?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 4, 2006 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Viola Lee Blues

Mother McCree's did do Beat It On Down The Line, available online free at sugarmeg, yeah, they could have belted out a wylde Viola Lee Blues.

Like, check out Jim Kweskin's Jug Band version of it, on Vanguard record and/or 8-track tape...





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